AUDIO: Eddie Izzard waves flag for Labour during Calderdale College visit

Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard visited Calderdale College to offer students words of inspiration and encourage them to vote for Labour PPC for Halifax, Holly Lynch.

Mr Izzard told students that determination and drive was more important than talent when it came to pursuing ambitions.

He told a group of dance students: “Determination is the key thing above all - I’ve seen great people drop away and I’ve seen determined people go on.

“You need that determination and drive - if you’re determined and you’ve got a good heart, you’ll be making a great contribution towards life.”

During a meet and greet Mr Izzard took selfies with students and spoke to them about the importance of voting and democracy and why the message being put out by comedian Russell Brand is wrong.

He said: “I believe in fairness - I’m doing well and want everyone else to do well.

Eddie Izzard visits Calderdale College.

Eddie Izzard visits Calderdale College.

“Above all, I urge you to use your vote - men and women died to be able to vote.

“Some people will say you can change anything, Russell Brand is telling people not to vote - I’m saying do - the only way you do make a difference is by getting involved and making a decision.

“If you’re voting, I encourage you to vote for Holly because we’re going to bring the tution fees down.

“We’ve got a vision for the future that’s fair - that’s why I’m a member of the Labour party, that’s what we fight for - I think if the Tories really believed in fairness, they’d join the Labour party.”

I believe in fairness - I’m doing well and want everyone else to do well.

Eddie Izzard

The visit was condemned by Conservative PPC Philip Allott.

He said: “It’s a disgrace if college time is being used for political purposes.

“I’ve taken the opportunity to take people to the college, and we’ve always been very mindful that you’re going in the college’s terms, not our terms.

“We would never tell students how to vote - that’s an utter disgrace.

Eddie Izzard visits Calderdale College.

Eddie Izzard visits Calderdale College.

“It could bring the college into disrepute, which is a great shame because it’s a fantastic college and to use it for cheap political purposes is something that Labour should apologise for. “

John Rees, Principal and Chief Executive at Calderdale College, said: “It was great to be able to demonstrate what the College does and the range of courses the College has on offer across its vocational, apprenticeship and higher education programmes.

“I think they were really impressed by the range of disciplines and vocations that our students were following from Electrical to Professional Cookery and the professions and industries they were hoping to progress on to. It was an amazing opportunity for our students to meet an inspirational international star who enthused our students to work hard and never give up on following their dreams,” he said.

“He is a great example of where self-belief and dedication can take you and inspired students to succeed in their chosen field.”

Eddie Izzard visits Calderdale College.

Eddie Izzard visits Calderdale College.

Eddie Izzard visits Calderdale College.

Eddie Izzard visits Calderdale College.